They may have to call this the waiting game.
The fate of a proposed outdoor hockey game in Ottawa next year to mark the 100th anniversary of the NHL still hinges on talks over the venue.
Despite a looming deadline, the group organizing Ottawa events for Canada’s 150th say they are confident that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk will be able to finalize a deal to use TD Place for an outdoor game in December 2017. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says TD Place is the only place to host the game.
The deadline to confirm the stadium as a location is mid-January, and that must be agreed upon by Melnyk, as well as Montreal Canadiens ownership in conjunction with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.
With the sesquicentennial fast approaching, Watson said that he has spoken with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Melnyk to stress the outdoor game’s importance in honouring confederation and the NHL’s centennial anniversary on Dec. 19, 2017.